In September 2015, Air New Zealand launched a sustainability framework that outlined the airline’s commitment to supercharge New Zealand’s success socially, economically and environmentally.
One of the company’s commitments is to transition more than 75 light vehicles in its ground fleet to electric (where operationally feasible). The airline is part-way through the transition and once complete, expects to save around 65,000 litres in fuel each year.
To support the transition, charging points are being installed at key corporate, operational and customer sites. In addition, Air New Zealand has committed to transition its Ground Service Equipment fleet (600 vehicles that operate on airports) to electric by 2020 (where feasible).
More recently, Air New Zealand and Mercury, with the support of Westpac, launched an initiative to encourage the uptake of EVs in corporate fleets in New Zealand. To date, more than 30 organisations have pledged to transition at least 30% of their corporate fleets to electric in the next three years. This total private sector commitment of more than 1,450 vehicles will increase the number of EVs on New Zealand roads by more than 75 percent. Along with the significantly lower running costs of electricity, this could remove almost 3 million kilograms of carbon emissions annually.
Air New Zealand is the supreme winner of the 2016 NZI Sustainable Business Network Awards, winning the NZI Greatest Contribution to a Sustainable New Zealand Award. It also won the Renewables Impact category.